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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 07-28-2014, 01:33 AM - Thread Starter
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Hey guys, working on my first liquid cooling build. This will be a slow process as i dont have the money to buy everything at once, and im still researching and learning as much as i can.

I have my parts all picked out and ive gotten a few already. The parts i have already are:
Thermaltake core v71 case (picked this for the removable drive bays and huge window)
swiftech MCR240 rad
2 bgears b-ice 140mm fans (may not be the best fans but they will look good lol)
AeroCool CoolTouch-R fan controller (picked this because of the card reader/usb combo)
6 pack of monsoon free center compression fittings, blue 1/2 x 3/4

parts i plan to get:
Swiftech MCP655 pump
Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 200 V2 (not really set on this one yet...)
modular PS (dont really NEED this but it will be easier to work with)
EK-Supremacy Clean cpu block
PrimoFlex Advanced LRT Tubing (i hear good things but if theres a better option let me know)
Aurora 2 (Blue) coolant. (Im building this rig to showcase this coolant, at least at first. I may change it next year when i upgrade my graphics and add to the loop)
I still need another 200mm fan for the top of the case, 2 more blue 120's for the bottom and another for the rear. also a splitter to rig the top fans together into the built in fan controller.

i got the rad all rinsed out tonight, it wasn't too bad...hopefully i did it well enough, used about a gal of distilled water. i put the fans on the rad and installed it in the case. Broke a molex connector in the process of trying to test the fans doh.gif god i hate those things lol

heres some pics so far, sorry about the blurry one...
i got angry...

testing one at time as a result lol

rad and fans installed


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just ordered my pump/res. went with the xspc photon 170/d5 combo. I've also decided to go with the bitspower block and polish it clear. That's the next item on my list to buy, after that its tubing and coolant and im ready to build! thumb.gif

testing the second fan


got these on the marketplace, great deal


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Subbed! Looks good so far thumb.gif


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ok so i got impatient and ordered the rest of my stuff lol. went with primochill tubing and mayhems aurora 2. Also got a couple fans for the bottom. The res and block should be here in the next few days, should give me time to get the block all polished up and ready to go. I'll post more pics when i get everything.


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got my cpu block today! either i screwed up and ordered barb fittings with it or they just threw them in lol. I'll get the block polished up tomorrow night and post more pics.

edit: it looks like the barbs just come with it as i wasn't charged extra. Theres an option at the bottom to choose between 3/8" and 1/2"

making sure my fittings fit next to eachother. Its really close


the block with the chrome barbs lol


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heres a bunch of pictures as promised! biggrin.gif

heres the pump/res. Its smaller than i expected but fits perfectly.


i was hoping that with so many holes on the drive cage support i could get them to match up, but of course i couldnt so i ran velcro down the whole thing.


I'll probably run a zip tie or two around it so its stable but that velcro is strong


got the block all polished and clear now, it looks sweet! it was really easy and only took about 20 minutes thumb.gif




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ok so it seems i was not very careful and broke my mobo at some point in the installation and had to get a new one mad.gif i was planning to upgrade it eventually but was hoping to upgrade some other stuff first, oh well i guess. it wouldnt have been so bad if i had figured it out BEFORE i put the mayhems in it doh.gif with the coolant already running through it i really didnt want to drain the loop if i could help it so i managed to take everything out, still connected and back in on a new board. Not something i want to try again lol

when i got my bitspower block it came with an extra o-ring. Then when i got my pump/res combo it came with what i thought was an extra o-ring too....i was mistaken. luckily the res was not over anything critical and i had paper towels in place. thumb.gif

ok its picture time and theres lots of them!

getting the block installed on the mobo i broke...


everything installed, no tubing yet on the broken board


i quickly learned what people meant by the photon res having a bad fill port, what a nightmare. I had to build a custom ghetto funnel with hot glue and a BK straw! lachen.gif i had to shove the straw down past the anti turbulence thing or the water would just pool up on top and go everywhere.



this tube was a real pain, had to remove the fan to get the compression ring on, unfortunately i scratched the hell out of one of them doh.gif



got the tubing all finished (still broken board)


leak testing on the broken board, just before i discovered the missing o-ring, nothing else leaked though


drained the water and put the aurora in, still got paper towels just in case smile.gif


now at this point i think ive got it all done and i go set it back up and it wont boot. i troubleshoot it til im certain its the mobo then do some shopping, got a great deal on an asus sabertooth board with one day shipping. i found some of these liquid neon lights that just fit this "warp core" build perfectly. Im thinking about putting one of THESE star trek decals on the window, what do you guys think? (i can cut the center part out, doesnt really look right to me)
I didnt really take any pics while assembling this thing for the second time lol but i got finished product pics for you! Sadly my camera doesnt show the detail of the neon lighting, it is so freakin sweet thumb.gif

fully assembled and testing with the new asus board


same thing no flash


sitting on the desk (flash)


sitting on the desk (no flash)


front views




well thats it for now! I'll update with more pics as i upgrade things. let me know what you guys think or if you have any questions! thanks for checking it out!


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I decided to redo my tubing and run a return line into the top fill port using a valve. Unfortunately i cross threaded one of my compression rings when i first installed it so i had to replace it with the spare barb fitting for now mad.gif
i used a male to male rotary thinking it would be easy to disconnect it from the res, but it turned out to be a huge pain in the ass lol. I had to use vise grips and some regular pliers to keep it from unscrewing from the vale while i unscrewed/screwed it into the res.

heres the updated pics

i had to drill some holes in the top of the case to get the rad to work the other direction


the fitting that got cross threaded, hard to tell from the pic but the blue finish is gone on half the threads


heres the valve connected to the rotary and an extender (they were out of the black chrome so got the silver one)


a close up of the valve installed in the rig







i know, the white zip tie is sooo ugly and i will replace it, but its all i had on hand


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Looks good, gonna sub this and see how you get on with that coolant, I'd read that it shouldn't be used as a permanent coolant so I decided to go with mayhem's pastel instead, but if that works out good for you I might make the switch myself.
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